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When The Licking Gets Out Of Hand

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Interesting tactic used by Brad Marchand will likely soon become an infraction.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
Probably not gonna be able to lick any more opponents now, Brad.
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When it’s playoff time, you’ll look for any advantage over your opponent. Players will stop at nothing to get an advantage over the other team, no matter how outside-the-box an idea might sound.

But, the licking’s probably got to go.

Brad Marchand is a heckuva player. He had 85 points in 68 regular season games for the Bruins this year, and he’s got eighteen points (4-14-18) in eleven games so far this postseason. Opponents hate playing against him, opposing team fans hate him. He’s a nuisance player for the opposition, one that every team would love to have for their own.

And, y’know, he’s licking players to get under their skin.

It’s not even Marchand’s first lick this playoffs.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. There’s no place in the game for licking your opponents, and I’m going to have to agree with you on that. But let’s not act like licking hasn’t a long and illustrious career in the NHL.

Alright, so there’s only one other clip that I can think of. Maybe there’s less licking in the league than I originally thought. Either way, it’s rightfully looking like it’s Marchand’s last lick that goes without a penalty being assessed.

The Bruins now trail the Lightning by a 3-1 margin in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.